Wilderness Camp

The following is a list of our session offerings for the upcoming summer, including dates and a detailed description of each week. The grades indicated below each week refer to the grade your child has just finished.  Most weeks begin at 4pm on Sunday and end with our Celebration at 4pm on Friday. Parents and families are invited to join us for the Celebration and the hot dog cook out that follows.  A week of camp costs $425 unless otherwise noted.



Grades 9-12

June 24-29, 2018

8 campers


We have a new plan for LEAD Expedition this year and we are stoked. Why? Because we're going white water rafting with our friends at Beaver Brook Outfitters! This is an opportunity exclusive to our LEAD expedition campers, so sign up early and bring a friend! 

Along with white water rafting, campers will embark on a two night/three day canoeing/backpacking adventure near Thirteenth Lake and Peaked Mountain and have the opportunity to stay in Camp Fowler's adopted lean-to on Hour Pond. After that excursion, campers will return to Camp Fowler to spend a day rafting and a day practicing wilderness skills and preparing the Wilderness area for the campers who will stay there for the rest of the summer. This week is a great balance between wild fun and selfless service. 

LEAD Expedition differs from others by its emphasis on teaching and equipping future wilderness leaders, whether for personal interest or for service at Camp Fowler. Students coming out of 10th, 11th, or 12th grade can apply to be S.W.i.M.s later in the summer, either during one of our incamp weeks or by helping out with one of our wilderness trips for younger campers. Please visit our SWiM Page for more information about the SWiM Program. 


Paths & Paddles

Grades 7-9

July 1-6, 2018/August 5- 10, 2018

8 campers each

Paths & Paddles trips provide you with a classic and comprehensive wilderness experience and are exclusively for our middle school aged students. They are some of our most popular trips.

You will embark on a week long trip of two days canoeing and two days backpacking, which is a wonderful way to experience the joys and challenges of both of these activities. You’ll paddle through winding rivers and big lakes before trading your paddles and life jackets for boots and backpacks and trying your hand (or rather, foot) at hiking some of the Adirondack’s most beautiful trails. This is a great introductory trip for first time wilderness campers! This year we will be paddling and hiking up near Indian Lake. This is a great route that is right in Camp Fowler's backyard! 

On this week long backpacking trip, you’ll find yourself on the northern third of a popular northeast thru-hiking trail: the Northville-Placid Trail. You’ll stay at some of the most beautiful campsites in the whole Adirondacks (and also some of the best swimming holes! We should mention the waterfalls!). 

Designed for our middle school male campers, this trip is a great way to build relationships while also building wilderness skills. It’s an excellent opportunity for campers to bond with staff and with each other, to experience adventure, and to participate in an adventurous and intentional community.


Mountain Men

Grades 7-9 (all males)

July 8-13, 2018

8 campers

This is our most challenging trip, but we’ll let you in on a secret: it has the best views! You’ll spend five days backpacking and climbing mountains in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, and you’ll quickly bond with your small community of adventurers. This year, your route will take you up through the Loj, where you'll tackle Phelps, Gray, Skylight and maybe a few more! 

We believe you can learn a lot from the mountains; like the value of hard work, the importance of awe and wonder, and what it feels like to sleep hard after a long day. So break in your boots and start doing some squats, you’ve got mountains to climb! 



High Peaks

Grades 9-12

July 15-20, 2018

6 campers

Fish and Float is a week long canoeing trip with a route designed specifically around fishing some of the best waters in the Adirondacks. With opportunities to fish both rivers and lakes, campers will also get a classic canoe camping experience: paddling each day to a new campsite, bonding around a campfire under the stars, and maybe even catching your dinner for the night! No fishing experience is necessary to embark on this adventure. Come, see what adventures (and fish) await!


Fish & Float

Grades 7-9

July 22-27, 2018

8 campers


Adirondack Wild!

Grades 5-6

July 29-August 3, 2018

10 campers

This week is for our youngest wilderness campers and let us tell you: it is a total blast! Exclusively for campers coming out of fifth or sixth grade, ADK Wild is the perfect way to introduce young people to the wilderness and keep them coming back.

With a small group size and lots of time spent with our most enthusiastic and fun loving wilderness staff, you’ll spend a week playing in the mountains with a bunch of your friends! You will base out of the Wilderness area at Camp Fowler, sleeping in log lean tos, cooking all your own food, and building tons of campfires. You’ll spend your days canoeing, exploring, learning essential wilderness skills like shelter building and and canoe rescuing, and you’ll end your week with a camping overnight before heading home to share your stories. You don’t want to miss it!

What could be better than riding the winds across beautiful Sacandaga Lake, with the mountains on the horizon and your friends by your side? We’re convinced it doesn’t get much better than that. 

No sailing experience is necessary, because we’ll teach you everything you need to know about sailing one of the sunfish sailboats we have at Camp Fowler. You’ll base out of the wilderness area where you’ll sleep in one of Fowler’s log lean tos and cook most of your own food. In between the sailing and the swimming, you might climb a mountain or paddle a canoe, because, why not? You'll also attempt to sail across the lake to camp for the night, a wonderful way to wrap up a week spent on the water!



Grades 7-12

August 12-17, 2018

10 Campers